Manchester City were forced to settle for a point as Leeds United battled back to draw 1-1 at Elland Road.
Kevin de Bruyne almost put the visitors in front after he caught out Illan Meslier expecting a cross from a free-kick. His quick thinking saw his free-kick smash the post with the keeper nowhere to be seen.
But they would go on to make their early dominance count, when Raheem Sterling coolly slotted into the far corner to open the scoring.
City looked rampant at that point, but like they did against Leicester, City dropped off and Leeds grew into the game.
Ederson came to their rescue before the break with a fine save, but it was his mistake that gifted Marcelo Bielsa’s a route back into the game.
His punch could only hit the back of Benjamin Mendy, leaving Rodrigo the simplest of chances to equalise.
Both sides had half chances to win the game, but a draw seemed the fairest result, in a fascinating encounter in Yorkshire.
Here are five talking points from the thrilling draw:
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1. A clear transfer message
Guardiola’s defensive spending is well publicised. In this summer alone, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake have signed in deals worth a combined £100million.
But they still look susceptible on a regular basis. And while the middle of their defence has improved, on the flanks, they are miles behind the best sides in Europe.
Benjamin Mendy, for all of his wonderful attacking play, was pinpointed as a weak link by the methodical Bielsa. And he almost cost his side a goal with some lazy defending.
Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax has been heavily linked and after watching Mendy’s defensive display at Elland Road, there could be a call before Monday’s deadline.
2. City dropping off
In their three games so far this season, Man City have come out of the blocks firing. In all three, however, they’ve dropped massively off the pace from there on in.
At Elland Road, a slick and vibrant start gave way to a sloppy and error-strewn second portion of the game. Although Leeds’ equaliser had more than a hint of fortune about it, their general malaise had set in well before that and it was only in-keeping with their level of performance.
It’s something that will be concerning Guardiola and something they will need to cut out, sooner rather than later.
3. Sterling’s mixed night
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with the kind of finish injured Sergio Aguero would be proud of.
In the absence of Aguero and Jesus, Sterling was handed a start in a more central role.
He started the game superbly, with a wonderful goal, but should have added to his tally, but failed to pull the trigger on two occasions.
Sterling is a wonderful forward, but City need a long-term replacement to fill the void left by Aguero.
4. Bielsa’s brilliance
Guardiola told reporters before the match that Bielsa is the man “he admires most in football” .
And the rest of the country are quickly learning to have the same opinion. Leeds have played last season’s top-two in the opening month of the season and have throughly impressed in both.
Liverpool managed to edge them out, but they richly deserved the point they earned against Man City.
It looked as if they could be dealt a reality check in the first-half, with City dominating proceedings, but Bielsa responded by targeting their weak link in Mendy.
The addition of Ian Poveda at half-time helped even more and it was another rhugely impressive display by the Whites.
After less than a month back in the top-flight, they are already box office again.
5. Further points behind
It may only be four games into the season, but it’s already five points dropped for Manchester City.
They went into this season knowing they would need to overhaul a mammoth 18-point gap to challenge Liverpool at the top of the table.
The Reds only dropped 15 points in the entirety of last season and although they have played a game more, Jurgen Klopp’s men can already move 8 clear with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Of course, there is still a long way to go, but a gap is already opening up.